Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his only daughter, the former life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Glass encounters his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, who is working in a local bookstore -- a far cry from the brilliant academic career Tom had begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the colorful and charismatic Harry Brightman -- aka Harry Dunkel -- once the owner of a Chicago art gallery, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York." Through Tom and Harry, Nathan's world gradually broadens to include a new circle of acquaintances -- not to mention a stray relative or two -- and leads him to a reckoning with his past.
With The Brooklyn Follies, the always astonishing Paul Auster has written what is undoubtedly his warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving, unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life.
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and Timbuktu. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.From AudioFile:
As always, Auster can't help being incredibly smart even when he's writing plot-driven fiction, nor can he avoid being funny, sad, wise, or goofy, often in the same sentence. Having this story in Auster's own warm, gravelly voice is a great plus. His reading isn't perfect, any more than his characters are, but it is deeply engaging. The setup: Nathan Glass, sick, divorced, and estranged from his daughter, moves to Brooklyn to die, only to find himself back in the swim when he runs across a favorite nephew similarly floundering in a Brooklyn backwater who seems to need avuncular support. Technical difficulties: The recording's sound level is annoyingly low. Otherwise, enormous fun. B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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